The 2023 Headies Awards took place on Sunday, September 3, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. The event was hosted by Emmy-nominated actor Terrence J and Nigerian-American actress Osas Ighodaro. The Nollywood star actress delivered remarkable looks from Nigerian couture brand Matopeda. The event was a blend of glitz, glamour.

The show, tagged ‘Celebrating African Renaissance,’ saw A-list artistes from the continent of Africa converge to celebrate the creativity of Pan-African talent and the event honours the best in Afrobeats.. Notable artists like Young Jonn, Wande Coal, Kcee, Black Sherif, and Asake set the stage on fire with their electrifying acts.

Nigerian artiste Rema, bagged three significant awards, including “Best Male Artiste of the Year,” “Digital Artiste of the Year,” and “African Artiste of the Year.” Another highlight of the evening was Asake’s win in the “Next Rated” category, which came with the prize of a brand-new car. Odumodublvck, on the other hand, was named the “Rookie of the Year” and was awarded a house in Lagos, a testament to his rising star in the industry.

The event also recognized international talents, with Selena Gomez winning the “International Artiste of the Year” award. Furthermore, Black Sherif from Ghana was honoured as the “Best West African Artiste of the Year.”

The Headies (formerly Hip Hop World Awards) debuted in 2006 and has become one of Nigeria’s most anticipated annual entertainment Award event.

Full List of Winners:

Best Rap Single

Reminisce – Hustle
Ladipoe – Big Energy
Blaqbonez – Back in Uni
Psycho YP – Bando Diaries
OdumoduBlvck – Declan Rice (Winner)
Jeriq, Phyno – My Bro

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Best Alternative Song

Wizard Chan – Earth song
Cruel Santino – Final champion
Basketmouth, The Cavemen – The Traveller
Boj, Moliy, Mellissa – In a loop
Flavour – Game Changer
Obongjayar – Tinko Tinko (Winner)

Best Vocal Performance (Male)

Oxlade – Ku Lo Sa
Ric Hassani – My only baby
Magixx – Love Don’t Cost A Dime
Chike – Spell Remix
Praiz – Reckless
Wande Coal – Kpe Paso (Winner)

Best Music Video

Blaqbonez, Perliks – Back in Uni
TG Omori – PBUY
Director Pink – Spell Remix
Director K – Common Person
TG Omori – Bandana
Director K – Calm Down (Winner)

Best Rap Album

Payper Corleone – Fly Talk Only
Show Dem Camp – Palmwine Music Vol. 3
Blaqbonez – Young Preacher (Winner)
Psycho YP – YPSZN3
Vector – TESLIM
Jeriq – Billion Dollar Dream.

Lyricist On The Roll

Ladipoe – Clowns
Vector – Clowns
Payper Corleone – Fly Talk Only (Winner)
Alpha Ojini – Vigilante Bop
A-Q – Family First
Tec (SDC) – Live Life

Producer of The Year

Magicsticks – Sungba Remix
Pheelz – Electricity
Andre Vibez, London – Calm Down
Tempoe – Soweto
Kel P – Kpe Paso
Rexxie – Abracadabra Remix (Winner)

Best Male Artiste

Rema (Winner)
Burna Boy
Kizz Daniel
Omah Lay

Rookie of the Year

Odumodu Blvck (Winner)
Bloody Civilian
Eltee Skillz

Best Inspirational Single

Stand Strong – Davido Ft Sunday Service Choir.
Jireh (My Provider) – Limoblaze, Lecrae & Happi Music

This Year – Victor Thompson & Ehis ‘d’ Greatest

Eze Ebube – Neon Adejo (Winner)

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Tobechukwu – Nathaniel Bassey And Mercy Chinwo

I Get Backing – Victoria Orenze

Special Recognition Award

Sound Sultan (posthumous)

Afrobeats Single of The Year

Burna Boy – Last Last (Winner)
Ayra Starr – Rush
Kizz Daniel, Tekno – Buga
Pheelz, BNXN – Finesse
Spyro – Who’s Your Guy
Ruger – Asiwaju

Digital Artiste Of The Year

Burna Boy
Ayra Starr
Rema (Winner)
Omah Lay
Kizz Daniel

Best Street-Hop Artiste

Rexxie, Naira Marley, Skiibii – Abracadabra
Seyi Vibez – Chance (Winner)
Asake – Joha
Poco Lee, HotKid – Otilo
Zlatan, Young Jonn – Astalavista
Mohbad – Peace

Next Rated

Seyi Vibez
Young Jonn
Asake (Winner)

Album Of The Year

Burna Boy – Love, Damini
Asake – Mr. Money With The Vibe (Winner)
Rema – Rave & Roses
Omah Lay – Boy Alone
Victony – Outlaw
Davido – Timeless

Song of The Year

Rema – Calm Down
Burna Boy – Last Last (Winner)
Oxlade – Ku Lo Sa
Kizz Daniel, Tekno – Buga
Pheelz, BNXN – Finesse
Asake, Burna Boy – Sungba Remix

Best Collaboration

Asake, Burna Boy – Sungba Remix
BNXN, Kizz Daniel, Seyi Vibez – Gwagwalada
Pheelz, BNXN – Finesse
Spyro, Tiwa Savage – Who’s Your Guy Remix (Winner)
Pheelz, Davido – Electricity
Wande Coal, Olamide – Kpe Paso

African Artiste Of The Year

Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Marwa Loud (Morocco)
Black Sherif (Ghana)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Rema (Nigeria) – Winner

Best West African Artiste of The Year
Gyakie (Ghana)
Black Sherif (Ghana) – Winner
The Therapist (Liberia)
Camidoh (Ghana)

See some looks from the night:

Osas Ighodaro
Osas Ighodaro. Photo Credit: Ayi Lifestyle/Instagram
Osas Ighodaro
Osas Ighodaro. Photo Credit: Ayi Lifestyle/Instagram
Osas Ighodaro
Osas Ighodaro. Photo Credit: Ayi Lifestyle/Instagram
Terrence J and Osas Ighodaro
Terrence J and Osas Ighodaro. Photo Credit: Ayi Lifestyle/Instagram
Nancy Isime
Nancy Isime. Photo Credit: Mofe Bamuyiwa/Instagram
Rema. Photo Credit: Ayi Lifestyle/Instagram
Omawumi. Photo Credit: Omawumi/Instagram
Asake. Photo Credit: Ayi Lifestyle/Instagram
Black Sherif
Black Sherif. Photo Credit: Paras Griffin/Getty Images
Wande Coal
Wande Coal. Photo Credit: Wande Coal/Instagram
Richard Ayodeji Makun (AY)
Richard Ayodeji Makun (AY) Photo Credit: Richard Ayodeji Makun (AY)/Instagram